- Some of the hottest temperatures of the summer are expected this week
- Heat kills more people in the United States than all other natural disasters combined
(CNN)The dog days of summer are hitting hard this year, and forecasters warn that some of the hottest temperatures of the season may sear a large portion of the United States this week.
Chicago heat wave
Corn sweat could be to blame
Urban heat island
When nighttime brings no relief
Beating the heat
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- Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which will only dehydrate you faster.
- Eat light meals. Avoid heavy meals that are high in protein, which cause the body to work harder to digest. Eat more carbohydrates so your body doesn't have to use as much energy to digest.
- Wear light-colored clothing, which will reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it. It could keep your body temperature down several degrees.
- Studies show the best clothes to wear while exercising are none at all! This is because air needs to flow over your skin in order for sweat to cool you off -- as much of it as possible. But if that's not an option, loose-fitting clothing is your next best bet.
- Find an air conditioned place to get out of the heat. In temperatures above 80 degrees, fans won't do you any good -- they just blow more hot air around.